Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer
There is little argument that losing a loved one is one of life’s biggest challenges. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another you are likely dealing with a wide range of emotions.We understand that we can never bring back your loved one, and that no amount of money will compensate you for the loss of your loved one. You may however, be entitled to receive compensation for your devastating loss.
With many years of handling wrongful death cases, we take pride in handling these difficult cases with professionalism and compassion. Pursuing a wrongful death claim can be overwhelming. Our Georgia wrongful death lawyers fully understand this. We will take on collecting evidence, accident reports, dealing with insurance companies and if necessary, going to court, so you can heal emotionally during this difficult time.
What is a Wrongful Death Action?
A wrongful death is one that was caused by the negligence, misconduct or carelessness of another. Wrongful death actions can arise in countless ways but are often seen in:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Product liability cases
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
Who Can File a Claim?
In Georgia, only certain people are able to bring a wrongful death claim. Generally, a spouse or child has standing to bring an action. It is important to note that if the spouse recovers, it will be necessary to share it with the children.
If the wrongful death victim was a child, the parents are able to pursue a claim on behalf of their child. If the deceased did not have immediate family, the deceased estate may bring a claim.
What Kind of Compensation is Available?
Family members have a right to recover “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had they have lived.” It is also possible to pursue not only the value of their life, but for other things related to their death such as emotional pain and suffering and medical expenses.
Determining these dollar amounts can be quite complicated. Insurance companies will try and offer you a figure which could be woefully inadequate. It is important to work with an experienced Georgia wrongful death lawyer who has experience in handling these types of cases.
Do I Have a Time Limit to File?
In a wrongful death action, you have two years from the date of death to file a claim. There are reasons, however, that can shorten or lengthen this period. Also failure to meet these deadlines can forever bar you from filing a case. If you believe you have a claim, don’t delay. Speak with a Georgia wrongful death lawyer from our office as soon as possible.
The legal team at Duffy & Feemster is here to help. If you have lost a family member to the negligence of another party, we can help you to recovery compensation and justice for you and your family. We understand that it is incredibly difficult to lose a family member, and the bills and legal red tape that follows only adds to a painful situation.